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British Passports

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many passports were issued by the British embassy in Dublin in each of the last five years and how many were refused in each of those years specifying the most frequent reason for refusal. [13020]

The information is as follows:

Passports issuedIneligible applications/refusals
19934,83512
19946,12224
19955,23617
19965,40620
19975,06811
Total to date26,66784
These figures do not include extensions, child additions or amendments. Entitlement to British passports is a matter of law. Passports are refused when the applicant is unable to prove identity or his or her claim to British nationality.